November 5, 2-4:40 pm – Todd Breyer, “Garden Design with Entertainment In Mind”

Todd Breyer, Landscape Architect
Photo credit Gloria Ballard[/caption]Our guest speaker for the November, 2023, monthly meeting of the Nashville Rose Society is Todd Breyer. Todd will share with us different elements of gardens and outdoor entertaining, along with examples from historic Nashville estates.

Todd is an award-winning Nashville landscape architect who specializes in residential garden design. He has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia. Todd’s many projects and positions in Nashville include Cheekwood Botanic Garden (twenty years chairman Plant Collections Committee, Botanic Garden Committee, docent, fundraising, design projects), Nashville City Cemetery Association (past president, landscape and grounds coordinator, holiday party coordinator, Living History Tour, liaison to Metro Parks and Metro Historical Commission), Metro Beautification & Environment Commission (past county-wide Chair & District 24 Commissioner), Antiques and Garden Show (Board member, Gardens Chair), Nashville Lawn and Garden Show (event producer, garden chair, lecture coordinator, grants, event, PR & Media liaison), Friends of Richland Park Library (grounds committee chair & NPL Seed Exchange), Richland Park Farmers Market (garden designer, founder and organizational committee, litter abatement, plantings and grounds, liaison with Metro Parks) and West Nashville Community Festival.

It is also that time of year for our annual Chili Cookoff. Everyone will vote for the best chili and the best cornbread – a good chili needs a good cornbread! Cook up a batch of your favorite recipe and bring it to the meeting. One thing is for sure, no one is going home hungry.

Our hostess this month is Janie Hagan. The meeting will be held in the Massey Auditorium of Botanic Hall / Visitor Services Building at Cheekwood Garden and Estate.

Directions: Enter Cheekwood and drive up to the parking attendants at the top of the hill. If they direct you to park outside the stone gates and it is difficult for you to walk far, tell them that the Rose Society has spaced reserved in Lot A. If those spaces are full, there is a golf cart shuttle that roams the large parking area. Once you park, bypass the ticket booth and come into the first building on your left with a large, covered entrance, which is Botanic Hall. The Cheekwood Campus Map shows the location of Botanic Hall. Enter that building and proceed to Massey Auditorium. You do not have to purchase a ticket.

October 21 – CANCELED – Ron Daniels Fall Open Garden & Book Signing

Please note that the Open Garden that Ron planned to have on October 21 has been canceled.

Ron has over 170 roses of all types and many companion plants in his Gadwall Abbey Garden. Ron’s garden produces many Rose Show winners and has been featured on Talk of the Town.

If you have not seen Ron’s garden, put this event on your calendar!

October 1, 2-4:00 pm – “Nash Creek Farm” Tour and Monthly Meeting

The October monthly meeting of the Nashville Rose Society will be held at the Nash Creek Farm, owned by NRS members Tina and Tony Roy, on October 1, 2023, from 2-4:00pm. NOTE: This is a change from our previously published meeting scheduled on October 8.

The Farm is a micro cut flower farm, located at 5045 Clarksville Highway, Whites Creek, TN, 10 minutes north of Nashville (five minutes from Bates Nursery).

Tina and Tony grow over 50 varieties of flowers such as sunflowers, zinnias, cosmos, snapdragons, celosia, amaranth, ranunculus, tulips, etc. Their greatest love and specialty is Dahlias – they grow over 5000 plants and 150+ varieties. Over the last two years, they have started to learn about roses and now grow about 75 young plants.

Nash Creek Farm sells flowers to local florists, restaurants, salons and farmers markets as well as creating floral designs for parties, weddings and other events. They also do u-picks, allowing the community to walk around and cut their own vase of flowers.

The meeting will include a talk by Tony and Tina on growing and caring for Dahlias. During the Farm tour, attendees will be able to cut their own flowers, five or so dahlias and any other variety that is blooming, for $35 which includes a vase/jar.

Please send email to RSVP to Diane Coleman by September 27, 2023, if you are interested so they can have enough snips and vases available. This outdoor event will be held rain or shine (wear a raincoat!), unless the weather is potentially dangerous. If the event should be canceled, Marty will send out an email blast and notice will be posted on this website.

The Farm is a small, working farm so please wear closed toed shoes, bring a bottle of water (or your drink of choice), sunscreen and bug spray and a lawn chair if you want to hang out a bit. There is a small building with restrooms and air conditioning , as well as a covered porch with limited seating. Parking is limited, so PLEASE carpool if possible.

If you would like to see some photos of the flowers at the farm, you can view them on Nash Creek Farm Facebook and Instagram pages.

Come and enjoy the beautiful blooms! Many thanks to Tina and Tony Roy!

Sept. 10, 2-4:30 – Fall Grand Prix Rose Show at Cheekwood

Previous Grand Prix winners for Large Roses (other than hybrid tea)
The 2023 Fall Grand Prix Rose Show will be held during the Nashville Rose Society regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Sunday, September 10, 2023, in the Massey Auditorium at Cheekwood Gardens & Estate.

The purpose of the Grand Prix is to give members a chance to learn about and practice exhibiting roses. A grooming room will be open at 1pm. Experienced exhibitors will be there to help anyone needing help grooming their roses. All you need to do is know the names of the roses you bring.

Click here to open the schedule for the Grand Prix.

Lonnie Webb, NRS Member, and Floral Arranger
While the judges are judging the Grand Prix entries, Lanni Webb will be sharing information on how to make award winning floral arrangements. Lanni has been a member of NRS for 13 years and has won awards at rose shows, including the Nashville Rose Shows and the Wilson County Fair Rose Shows. She has many roses in her garden and spends much time doing flowers for weddings, showers and other events for family and friends.

Please note: The NRS Grand Prix rose shows are not sanctioned by the American Rose Society.

For more information on how roses are judged, visit the American Rose Society website,, and study the “Guidelines and Rules for Judging Roses”.

September 9, 9:00am-3:00pm – “A Walk Through Sumner Gardens

The Sumner County Master Gardeners invite you to “A Walk Through Sumner Gardens”, the second annual self-guided garden tour. Experience five colorful and creative gardens throughout Sumner county.

Begin your tour at any location:

1. 2090 Katherine Dr., Goodlettsville, TN (Donna Brooks) This homeowner, a Master Gardener, has incorporated a designer potting shed, Koi pond, and many types of shade loving plants into her landscape. It’s the perfect example of how to garden every inch of your backyard!

2. 841 Rachel Dr., Goodlettsville, TN (Michael Jordan) A strategically planned, enchanted garden extraordinaire that includes treasures from the homeowner’s international travels.

3. 1000 Gadwall Circle, Hendersonville, TN (Ron Daniels) Ron is the Co-President of the National Rose Society, Master Gardener, Master Rosarian, and author. His garden has been featured on the shows “Talk of the Town” and “Volunteer Gardener”. He grows over 150 varieties of roses and has produced many Rose Show winners. A must see!

4. 1020 Bison Trail, Gallatin, TN (Station Camp Elementary Pollinator Garden) Located behind the school, this 2022 greenhouse and pollinator garden was created to save endangered monarchs and now serves to teach students the lifecycles of butterflies, and expand their knowledge of science and horticulture.

5. 1012 Harness Circle, Gallatin, TN (Wendy Mangiaracina) These homeowners fell in love with this neighborhood at first sight, and have designed their garden with plants that add color, texture, and fragrance. The focal point of their yard is the pond and waterfall that creates a dramatic sanctuary for them to enjoy.

Tours are rain or shine. Restrooms are NOT available.
Tours are free to the public. Donations support Master Gardener Projects in Sumner county.
Questions? Call Sumner County Extension Office (615) 452-1423